Policy & Regulation

The launch of China’s yuan-dominated crude oil futures contracts at the Shanghai International Energy Exchange Markets

Real-time trading to boost China’s power liberalisation

While the liberalisation of China’s power sector is still far off, efforts in energy trading are making important progress.

26 April 2018
Lippendorf lignite-fired power plant, Saxony, Germany. Environment

Germany’s energy transition and its gas outlook

German gas demand has been on the rise in recent years, but mid-term growth in the market will need the support of government policies.

23 April 2018
SDF fighting in Raqqa Upstream

Iran sanctions loom as Middle East conflict worsens

As tensions ratchet up over Syria and other pressure points, it looks more likely the US will attempt to reimpose sanctions on Iran.

18 April 2018
A cargo being loaded at the Sabine Pass plant in the US Markets

US-China trade dispute will not dent LNG exports

President Donald Trump’s threatened trade war with China looks unlikely to hit fossil fuel exports from the US to the energy-hungry Asian superpower.

11 April 2018
A nuclear power plant in France Environment

European carbon price floors and the effect on gas

Interfax hosted a seminar with Nexant on 28 March to discuss the outlook for carbon pricing in Europe. The discussion included debate on the future of coal, gas and power.

4 April 2018
Groningen gas field, the Netherlands Upstream

Risk of further cuts to Groningen production

The Dutch regulator has proposed further cuts of up to 50% in output at the Groningen field.

1 February 2018
The Republican National Convention, July 2016. Environment

Trump energy policy fails to derail gas

The president of the United States has loudly voiced his support for the coal industry, but his efforts have resulted in little success.

17 January 2018
A coal power station in the UK. Environment

UK fast-track coal phase-out may create market anomalies

The UK’s new standard on CO2 emissions is tougher than that proposed by the EU and could result in market distortions.

10 January 2018
Bonny Island LNG, Nigeria. Markets

Nigeria sets sights on greater gas utilisation

Nigeria’s LNG exports and domestic gas consumption will receive support from the government’s policy-based approach to greater commercialisation of the fuel.

22 December 2017
COP23 in Bonn. Environment

Cities set the pace on decarbonisation and air quality

Cities are increasingly finding themselves at the forefront of combating climate change as they work to improve their air quality.

15 November 2017
Interfax’s discussion with Norton Rose on the future of gas in the post-COP23 world. Environment

Carbon pricing under scrutiny as COP23 begins

Carbon pricing is struggling to deliver the decarbonisation needed for countries to meet their targets under the Paris agreement.

8 November 2017
Gas storage in Poland Markets

Poland – increasing gas diversity, within limits

While Poland will increase the volume and flexibility of its gas trade, it will struggle to achieve its goal of ending direct Russian imports.

23 October 2017
Air pollution and smog in Beijing Environment

China makes progress in gas heating

China is making slow but steady progress in switching its cities from coal to gas for heating, but it still faces challenges in the decade ahead.

4 October 2017
Upstream

Iran throws down gauntlet on production growth

Iran issued a challenge to its Arab Gulf neighbours by saying it will dramatically boost oil and gas production and exports by 2021.

24 July 2017
Environment

South Korea’s emissions ambitions

South Korea’s new government is rolling out new energy policies – with big implications for the power sector. These changes could create opportunities for gas-fired power generation.

21 July 2017
Environment

Japan and South Korea – prospects for coal and gas

The power sectors in Japan and South Korea are currently set on contrasting paths when it comes to nuclear and coal. How the generation mix in both countries develops has implications for gas demand and LNG imports.

11 July 2017
Environment

China leads the world in renewables drive

Despite a switch to gas in power, China will need a quantum leap in renewables to meet its COP21 targets. The latest REN21 report suggests that this transition is under way despite a drop in investment in 2016.

6 July 2017
Markets

China’s delicate balancing act on gas market reform

The dichotomy between Beijing’s targets to boost gas use and the dynamics of a volatile world market was discussed at an Interfax breakfast seminar in London on Tuesday.

28 June 2017
Markets

UK energy price cap will be a tricky balancing act

The UK government has pledged to cap domestic energy prices, but it will struggle to protect consumers while encouraging investment in low-carbon generation.

26 April 2017
Markets

OPEC should be worried about dollar strength

US oil production and the strength of the dollar could prove a double whammy for OPEC when the oil producers group meets in May.

5 April 2017

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